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whose headquarters were still at Montgomery's Tavern. The force, consisting of about 1,000 men, was under the command of Colonel FitzGibbon. It was divided into three sections. The main body, about 600 strong with two field-guns, under Colonel MacNab, marched out Yonge Street. The right wing, under Colonel Jarvis, followed the skirts of the wood; and the left wing, under Colonel Chisholm, marched up College Avenue. Head accompanied the main body. The rebels attempted to hold the woods in the vicinity of the tavern, but were quickly overpowered, and took to flight. A number of prisoners were taken and brought before the Lieutenant-Governor, who lectured them on the evils of their ways and sent them home. Mackenzie made his escape as soon as it became apparent that his cause was lost, and after many adventures managed to reach the United States. His enemies maliciously asserted that he fled disguised in petticoats. At his headquarters were found letters and lists of names that proved awkward to a number of men not hitherto known to be supporters of the rebellion. Rewards were offered for the apprehension of Mackenzie, Lount, Gibson, and other leaders of the insurgents. Dr. Rolph, who had been secretly assisting Mackenzie, left the country.

The Governor's Proclamation offering rewards for the capture of the rebel leaders is an interesting document, if only because of the characteristic terms in which Sir Francis Head describes his unfortunate opponents:

"One Thousand Pounds Reward for the apprehension of W. Lyon Mackenzie. He is a short man, wears a sandy-coloured wig, has small twinkling eyes that can look no man in the face—he is about five feet four or five inches in height.

"Five Hundred Pounds Reward for David Gibson. He is about five feet nine or ten inches in height, red-faced, sandy hair and red whiskers, which curl rather closely—rather round-shouldered—speaks with a strong Scotch accent, age about thirty-five.


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